Finbar Furey, John Connors, George Best, Bantum, Gypsies On The Autobahn & the Lego Batman Movie also feature this fortnight...
If you’ve ever wondered what Tommy Tiernan looks like semi-naked, wrapped in clingfilm and with a pair of antlers on his head, wonder no more!
In the first of our Hot Press 40th Birthday Legends Series of interviews, the ever-loquacious Tommy talks to us about the runaway success of his 100% unscripted RTÉ ratings-grabber, The Tommy Tiernan Show.
“I don’t have somebody in my ear like most other chat show hosts, who would have a little earpiece and one of the producers upstairs suggesting, ‘Go this way. Go that way. Get him to recant that’ There’s none of that," he enthuses.
Needless to say, there’s controversy (“Heroin should be free. I think all junkies should get as much heroin as they want and then be made to live as pets with old people”) and wisecracks (“If contraception was ever an Olympic sport, I’d represent the country”) aplenty.
There’s a frank and fascinating meeting of minds between legendary folkster Finbar Furey and his fellow Traveller, actor and documentary-maker John Connors.
“When I meet a very small-minded person – I call them shallow people – I pity them in a way, because they could learn so much,” Finbar reflects while John asserts: “If you’re a young Traveller growing up today, the settled people either don’t know about the level of discrimination and racism, or they don’t give a shit.”
We meet Gypsies On The Autobahn, the Dublin quartet set to take the charts by storm with their debut Born Brief album.
Fidel, Che, revolution, sanctions, terror attacks, religion and Trump are all on the agenda as the Cuban Ambassador, Hermes Herrera Hernández, stars in the Hot Press Interview.
“The blockade is still in force in spite of the measures taken by Obama,” he insists.
In a special Frontlines report, we look at the rise of the US’ left-wing Antifa movement, and the masked black bloc activists behind the recent Presidential inauguration and Berkley campus riots.
“The rulebook has been thrown out,” says a female protestor. “It’s absolutely acceptable to use violence. They are 100% certain to use it against us.”
We meet the maker of the new George Best: All By Himself documentary, and ask whether the Belfast Boy really is the greatest football-player this island has produced?
We run the rule over new albums by Sleaford Mods, Joe Chester and Menace Beach (to mention just three!); the fortnight’s big movies including Hidden Figures, Patriots Day and Miss Sloane, and recent live performances by Frightened Rabbit, Conor Oberst and Interference and their all-star guests.
Add in chats with Bantum, Black Star Riders, Ailbhe Reddy, Moving Hearts legend Keith Donald, hot Irish literary property Karl Geary, and two of the Hollywood stars gracing The Lego Batman Movie, Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett, and you’ve some seriously tasty reading to look forward to!
Tommy Tiernan leads the chucklesome charge, while Minor Victories and Cut Chemist are among the impressive music announcementsRead More
The comic will host a four-part series each Saturday in July.Read More
The Meath madman storms Dublin in January.Read More
His new Open Mouth An Improvisation is part of the Dublin venue’s25th Anniversary celebrations.Read More
Tommy Tiernan is back, and more energetic than ever.Read More
Having run numerous successful gigs in Dublin, the Barretstown posse have a fundraising night on February 22 in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall in New York. Doing it for the kids in the most literal sense are Tommy Tiernan, The Stunning, Mundy and Paddy Casey.Read More
Motormouth comedian set to hit the road in March...Read More
The Comedy Cellar celebrates its 25th birthday with a 25 funnyperson blowout on September 13 in Vicar St., Dublin.Read More
With an energy that is infectious, Navan funny man, Tommy Tiernan is the master of stand-up comedy.Read More
The comedy giant is back with a brand new show planned for early 2013.Read More
The comedian adds to his April Vicar St. run.Read More
This fortnight, Tommy Tiernan embarks on an unusual trip…Read More
New December dates have been added due to phenomenal demand.Read More
This fortnight, Navan comic Tommy Tiernan will bid adieu to the summer in a one-off Cork marquee show.Read More
This fortnight sees Navan funnyman Tommy Tiernan hit Dublin, Derry and Armagh as part of his ongoing Irish tour.Read More
Due to demand, the comedian has added nine more dates in JanuaryRead More
Due to phenomenal demand, Crooked Man will run well into JanuaryRead More
It's a comedy overload as the Irish comedian joins McIntyre for his upcoming August 19 showRead More
Controversial comedian will hit the stage for ten nightsRead More
The comedian has announced his grand tour plans for January 2010.Read More
The controversial comic announces a December 'World tour' of the county!Read More
Tommy Tiernan has been dropped from the 'Just for Laughs' Canadian Comedy Tour, which kicks off on October 19.Read More
Firstly, I would like to say that as a private individual I am greatly upset by the thought that these comments have caused hurt to others as this was never my intention; yet, the Electric Picnic public interview with Hot Press Magazine has been taken so far out of context that I am quite bewildered.Read More
Tommy Tiernan has issued a statement in response to accusations of anti-semitism, which have been levelled at him following his appearance at the Hot Press Chat Room at Electric Picnic.Read More
The comedian's comments about the Holocaust came in for strong criticism over the weekend.Read More
Tommy Tiernan goes Testamental this Easter with a 36-hour comedy show.Read More
HMV will invite Tommy Tiernan to its Grafton Street store this Friday to sign copies of his new DVD Bovinity Live at the Marquee Cork.Read More
Comedian Tommy Tiernan has announced a brace of dates in Mayo next February.Read More
Comedy stopped being the new rock ‘n’ roll a while back, but there are few Irish bands that can match Tommy Tiernan for pulling power.Read More
He’s been busily wooing the US (squeezing in a Letterman appearance while he’s at it). Now, he's preparing to unleash a new show on Irish audiences.Read More
As cats all over Ireland prepare to have their fancies tickled, Jackie Hayden reflects on the comedic talents of one of the star turns at this year’s Smithwick’s Cat Laughs Festival, Tommy Tiernan.Read More
Tommy Tiernan and former classmate Hector Ó hEochagáin are gearing up to present a radio show together on a new station.Read More
In Ireland, he’s the biggest name in comedy – a superstar who can pack them into live shows and shift DVDs by the jumboload. But having conquered his homeland, Tommy Tiernan faced the question: where to from here? The answer was America, the Holy Grail for anyone in the entertainment business. The story of his battle to win hearts and minds is captured in Jokerman – Tommy Tiernan Takes On America, a documentary series that is about to hit the screens on RTE. But first, there’s the important matter of a Hot Press interview to attend to.Read More
Annual article: Dermot Carmody celebrates the endless supply of creativity in the world of Irish comedy.Read More
Irish comedy is a winner this Christmas, with the local DVD and video market exploding in a way that few industry insiders had predicted. And Tommy Tiernan is the king of the scene, grabbing the No.1 spot in the latest Irish charts, in the face of the most intense competition seen in this country yet.Read More
On the 50th anniversary of the first reading of his epic poem Howl, a host of celebrities such as Shane McGowan, Tommy Tiernan, Theo Dorgan, Eamonn McCann, Tony Curtis, Dermod Moore and BP Fallon will commemorate the work of the legendary Beat artist, Allen Ginsberg.Read More
Having conquered Ireland, Tommy Tiernan has set his sights on the US.Read More
Tommy Tiernan interviewed at Electric Picnic.Read More
Le Chéile Artists In Ireland Against Racism are presenting a comedy extravaganza called Stand Up! Against Racism, at Vicar Street on Friday July 29.Read More
After an undoubtedly slack 2003, 2004 was the year in which TV comedy once again came into its own. In addition to to further series from Monkey Dust, Peep Show, Little Britain, 15 Storeys High and Curb Your Enthusiasm, there were also excellent new shows in the shape of The Smoking Room, The Mighty Boosh, Nighty Night and Catterick. In particular, the forum for alternative humour provided by BBC3 and BBC4 continued to provide an invaluable creative outlet for the oddballs, misfits and mavericks of British comedy.Read More
There’s no drink or drugs for Tommy Tiernan these days, but you couldn’t say his life is uneventful. In conversation with Olaf Tyaransen, the comedian reflects on tabloid interest in his private life, the night he had to get away from Jordan, the future for post-Catholic Ireland and the genius of Flann O’Brien and James Joyce. All this plus the unveiling of the secret tattoo. Photography by Mick Quinn.Read More
Gerry Mallon on touring with Tommy Tiernan, and the best of the rest in Irish comedy.Read More
Comedian and all-round-nice-bloke Tommy Tiernan is back with a new show on RTE, a live video/DVD for Christmas and a series of brand new live concert shows around the country this autumn. We invited him to submit to the inquisition that is the hotpress.com mixed grill and he was only too happy to be hauled over the charcoalRead More
Ask standup comic, Perrier-award-winner, Late Late show audience-botherer and original Navan man Tommy Tiernan your questions in the Hot Press Mixed GrillRead More
Tommy Tiernan's latest concert tour contains tales of masturbation, marathon running and marauding donkeys. Stephen Robinson visits the land of Tiernan OgRead More